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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genetics and Modeling of Developmental Eye Diseases

A postdoctoral position is available starting in the fall of 2022 in the Pediatric, Developmental & Genetic Ophthalmology Section of the Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch, NEI, National Institutes of Health (NIH), located in Bethesda, Maryland. The laboratory, headed by Dr. Brian Brooks, seeks to understand the genetic, molecular, and developmental basis of inherited eye diseases such as uveal coloboma and oculocutaneous albinism that affect children. We focus on the molecular and cellular basis of optic fissure closure and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) development with the aim to develop novel therapeutic approaches for these conditions.

This position offers exposure to multidisciplinary and cutting-edge developmental and stem cell research, and opportunities to collaborate closely with experts in genetics and translational research. The candidate will be leading/co-leading projects, designing experiments for investigating in vitro and in vivo models of disease, testing gene replacement and CRISPR-based gene editing approaches while working closely with collaborators and lab members. Opportunities for training in animal microsurgery as well as mentoring postbacs or summer students will be available based on interest.


  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in cell biology, genetics, neuroscience, development, or a related field, with less than 4 years since completion of their final degree;
  • Must have first authorship on at least one peer-reviewed publication;
  • Must be self-motivated and keen to develop and/or learn cutting-edge technologies;
  • Experience in stem cell manipulation and/or mouse and/or zebrafish genetics is a plus;
  • The ability to work as part of a cohesive group is important as we are a highly collaborative lab;
  • Must have excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The position provides generous scientific resources, stipend support, and health benefits. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should send an email with cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, a paragraph of research goals and interests and contact information of three references to: Dr. Uma Neelathi (

For further information about being a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH, please visit the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) website.


The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. DHHS, NIH, and NEI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Last updated: March 22, 2023